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Every Minute Counts


Published 1944


Balancing work and family in a time of heightened mobilization.


Run time 10:13
Producer Kerkow (Herbert) Inc.
Sponsor U.S. Office of Education
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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This film was produced to heighten productivity in civilian homefront industries during World War II. Aimed at employers and workers alike, it shows problems faced by some workers (especially working women) in balancing home and family duties against the necessity to report to work on time and work regular hours.

Ken Smith sez: A supervisor gets his employees to be more productive by trying to understand their problems. Some of the workers are cutting out because Òthe stores close too early." "I'll talk to their owners," says the supervisor, "and see if they can't remain open a little later." Yeah, right. Great surreal jail-and-judge opening, very expressionistic and film noir.
07:17:27:06
CU Clock: WESTCLOX, strikes 11:00
07:26:18:03
LSD Man in pajamas going to bed, programming his alarm clock.
07:17:37:12
LS Inside a jail with bars; man with hat walks.
07:17:42:00
MCU Man with raincoat and hat behind bars.
07:17:53:01
MCU Judge with papers in left hand.
07:18:09:27
MCU Woman behind bars.
07:18:16:26
MCU Man behind bars smoking a cigarette.
07:19:52:09
LS Judge in background and young man in suit in profile in foreground.
07:20:00:22
Camera comes closer and closer to sweaty face of a convicted man in a suit; bars in background.
07:20:17:12
CU Profile of man in bed asleep, wakes and abruptly turns alarm off.
07:20:35:11
VS/MCU Two men in suit in front of attendance board of company.
07:22:20:03
MLS MEN'S ROOM door; shadow of a man, he exits.
07:22:27:20
MLS Two men in front of MEN'S ROOM door; one is severely chastising the other pointing towards the door, the other man looks down.
07:23:32:00
MLS Two men in suits enter a woodworking workshop.
07:24:17:10
MLS Woman at desk; she is writing and two men stand next to the desk.
07:24:38:23
CU Storefront window reads: BANKING HOURS: 9 AM TO 5 PM SATURDAY BANK CLOSES AT 12 NOON.
07:24:42:06
LS Woman walking on street with many stores.
07:24:44:21
CU Store window reads: THIS STORE WILL CLOSE AT 5:30 PM.
07:24:47:22
LS Woman exits store with large brown bag in her arms.
07:24:52:27
CU Sign reads: HOURS 9:30 TO 5:30.
07:24:55:09
LS Woman walking in street.
07:24:56:25
CU Panel reads: JULIUS BROWNE, DDS OFFICE HOURS 9-10 AM, 1-5 PM.
07:25:40:22
MLS Old woman with a pile of boxes in her workplace; two men in suits. She sneezes into a tissue.
07:27:01:17
The end
Training films Clocks Prisons (cells) Cells (prison) Prisoners Criminals Jails Courtrooms Judges Tough guys Smooth guys Nightmares Surrealism Fantasy Smoking Alarms Lateness Time clocks Workers (women) Workers Bathrooms (men's) Reprimands Supervisors Discipline Industry Praise Carpenters Shopping Office hours (signs) Signs (office and store hours) Sneezes Sleeping Beds Schedules Time Gender roles World War II (homefront) World War II (civilian workers)
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Reviews

Reviewer: uniQ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2011
Subject: "Loafing, slowing down on the job are contagious"
Film meant to show supervisors/foremen how to handle problems that crop up with their subordinates: involuntary lateness, "snitching smokes", boredom at menial work, scheduling conflicts with other responsibilities and illness.

The people and sets of the factory are alright, but the intro is the strangest thing ever for such a staid subject and staid sponsor (the old Office of Education under the Federal Security Agency).
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2003
Subject: "Hal Findlay! Hal Findlay!"
A very curious and well, subversive movie that details Hal Findlay (believe me, you won't forget his name) and his problems he is having with his workers. He even has these rather wild noir dreams about them. Soon however, a supervisor shows up and starts needling him about how to solve all of these problems. They're rather NAIVE solutions if you ask me. (When an employee has problems with banking hours.. At least, I THINK that's what her problem was (if you know exactly let me know, because it's never made clear), his supervisor suggests talking to the bank to make them have longer hours). We then get a closeup of the guys face and the many reccomendations are done in voice over. At this moment, I wondered if Hal was going to go postal and kill everyone in sight. The next sceme has Hal going back to bed and chiming, "I hope I don't have another dream again!" and that's IT! No solutions are shown, or even attempts to ratify the problems. A very curious film, and is reccomended!
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